Conversations with Mies Van Der Rohe

It's been acknowledged that modernist legend Mies van der Rohe's thirty years spent operating in the USA mirrored his mostconsistent and mature efforts towards attaining his aim of a brand new structure for the 20 th century. concentrating on this American interval, Conversations with Mies van der Rohe, the most recent addition to our Conversations sequence, provides clean credence to this declare by means of proposing the architect's most crucial layout matters in his personal phrases. during this collectionof interviews Mies talks freely approximately his courting with consumers, the typical language he aimed for in his architecturalprojects, the affects on his paintings, and the synthesis of structure and expertise that he complex in his designs and outfitted works.Conversations with Mies van der Rohe makes a massive contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It offers a brilliant photo of a grasp of modernism, bringing his creative biography to an in depth whereas finishing the scope of his kind by way of innovations, scale, use of fabrics, and typology. An essay by means of Iaki balos offers a context for those interviews and appears at Mies's legacy from a modern point of view.

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They are, in fact, open structures. You build a one-story building, and you can do what you like with it; maybe in a two-, even three-story building, you are to a certain degree free. But then it ends. How can you use them in a tall building? For most things we do we need space: a living space, a working place. If there is no reason for it, why make them fluid? A rectangular space is a good space, maybe much better than a fluid space. If you have some particular function or something that is fluid inside, I think it is a good idea to make it curved.

We think about the right way to use the materials. Then we accept the result. Grand ideas we keep high in the air when we are working. We don’t want them to come down. Often we are ourselves surprised what comes out of it. I collect the facts—all the facts, as much as I can get. I study these facts, and then I act accordingly. 59 Maybe one of the problems of Frank Lloyd Wright’s style is that it is not a vocabulary in that sense. It is not that. It is much too individualistic to be that. We know he’s a genius.

But then it ends. How can you use them in a tall building? For most things we do we need space: a living space, a working place. If there is no reason for it, why make them fluid? A rectangular space is a good space, maybe much better than a fluid space. If you have some particular function or something that is fluid inside, I think it is a good idea to make it curved. But it is not a good idea to make an office space with organic form just for aesthetic reasons. You can do it if you have a theater, or a single building, or a site where you can be free-moving.

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